The New Method for Learning to Read Written Jazz Music
Author: Jacques Rizzo
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
A self-study text (newly revised with CD), presenting the most common jazz rhythms in order of increasing complexity in a series of short exercises and duets. The CD provides examples of performance and a professional rhythm section to play with. Great especially for those trained in classical music. Five compatible editions.
(Schott). These methods provide complete courses for players of all ages, guiding students from their first note to 'classics', together with compositions by contemporary writers. Each book is accompanied by high quality rhythm section tracks recorded on compact disc. Right from the start, students can enjoy authentic jazz sounds, playing in the company of professionals. With step-by-step instruction and a progression of specially written pieces, the fundamental elements of good technique are introduced alongside the rhythmic subtleties of jazz. Improvisation is encouraged from an early stage and is given direction through the systematic study of scales and arpeggios and advice on ear-training and chord patterns. With supplementary suggestions for listening and reading, and an Appendix containing all the chord progressions for 'live' accompaniment of the tunes, The Jazz Methods are ideally suited to both students working alone and those learning with a teacher. "John O'Neill has a solid understanding of jazz and how it can be taught. I highly recommend his educational jazz materials." (Jamey Aebersold) "...a rare opportunity for a new player (or a more experienced one) to develop a really musical facility. A rare addition to the jazz improvising library." (Lee Konitz, international jazz saxophone soloist) - includes 'classics' by Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Horace Silver - "...very good original jazz tunes that students will use as stepping stones for further development... a non-jazz-playing flute teacher would probably find the book a godsend especially if students are studying GCSE music." (Steve Tayton, Jazz Journal International) Part one: The foundation Techniques * Part two: Playing the Music * Part three: Appendices
The fast and easy way to play this popular woodwind instrument Saxophone For Dummies offers the ideal introduction to this popular and versatile instrument, whether you lack any musical experience or are picking up the sax again after a hiatus. Covering both the alto and tenor sax, this friendly guide explains how to get a good sound, how to read music, and how to play songs in a variety of styles, including classical, pop, and jazz, all accompanied by the audio samples on the enclosed CD. With tips on how to buy or rent the best saxophone, and information on how to care for the instrument, Saxophone For Dummies is a comprehensive guide to playing this popular woodwind alone or in a group setting. Includes tips on buying or renting a new or used saxophone Audio samples of classical, pop, and jazz music are available on the bonus CD Advice on cleaning and maintaining a saxophone If you′re picking up a saxophone for the first time or are looking to brush up on your skills, Saxophone For Dummies gives you everything you need to appreciate, understand, and excel at playing this popular instrument.
A Gathering of Autobiography, Reportage, and Criticism from 1919 to Now
Author: Robert Gottlieb
"Comprehensive and intelligently organized. . . . Jazz aficionados . . . should be grateful to have so much good writing on the subject in one place."--The New York Times Book Review "Alluring. . . . Capture[s] much of the breadth of the music, as well as the passionate debates it has stirred, more vividly than any other jazz anthology to date."--Chicago Tribune No musical idiom has inspired more fine writing than jazz, and nowhere has that writing been presented with greater comprehensiveness and taste than in this glorious collection. In Reading Jazz, editor Robert Gottlieb combs through eighty years of autobiography, reportage, and criticism by the music's greatest players, commentators, and fans to create what is at once a monumental tapestry of jazz history and testimony to the elegance, vigor, and variety of jazz writing. Here are Jelly Roll Morton, recalling the whorehouse piano players of New Orleans in 1902; Whitney Balliett, profiling clarinetist Pee Wee Russell; poet Philip Larkin, with an eloquently dyspeptic jeremiad against bop. Here, too, are the voices of Billie Holiday and Charles Mingus, Albert Murray and Leonard Bernstein, Stanley Crouch and LeRoi Jones, reminiscing, analyzing, celebrating, and settling scores. For anyone who loves the music--or the music of great prose--Reading Jazz is indispensable. "The ideal gift for jazzniks and boppers everywhere. . . . It gathers the best and most varied jazz writing of more than a century."--Sunday Times (London)
12 Contemporary Jazz Etudes is written by the world-renowned jazz composer, arranger, saxophonist, bandleader, educator, and member of the Yellowjackets, Bob Mintzer. Designed for the medium to advanced difficulty level, this book includes: 12 jazz etudes composed by Bob Mintzer in a variety of jazz styles, tempos, and time signatures; performance notes/tips for each etude to assist in interpretation and improvisation; play-along CD with a stellar rhythm section; and an opportunity to study and learn these skills: melodic composition, improvisation, sight reading, motivic development, call-and-response, and jazz concept. All books are compatible and written so they can be performed together.
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An Introduction to Jazz Harmony, Technique and Improvisation
Author: Ollie Weston
Publisher: Schott & Company Limited
(Woodwind Method). This definitive book provides a comprehensive guide for the intermediate saxophonist looking for an introduction to the world of jazz. It is packed full of tunes and exercises to improve your technique, improvising skills, score reading, musical creativity, and understanding of music theory. Author and renowned jazz saxophonist Ollie Weston guides you through the history of jazz, covering the key styles of influential saxophonists and jazz innovators, and explains essential musical concepts with a minimum of jargon. The book provides clear guidance and concise explanations of harmonic and theoretical concepts, with demo solos and authentic live jazz trio recordings on the accompanying CD. The CD contains 15 play-along tracks in audio format, which can be played on a normal CD players. There are also 45 MP3 files with full versions of the pieces, as well as further exercises and demos, which can be played on a computer or MP3 player.
Attention saxophone players -- do you need a challenging duet book? Composed and arranged by Gordon Goodwin at the medium-advanced to advanced level, these 10 saxophone duets are completely interchangeable for any combination of E-flat or B-flat saxophones. You can play with a duet partner or use the recording to play duets with great saxophonists Gordon Goodwin (tenor sax) or Eric Marienthal (alto sax). Also included is TNT 2 software which lets you mute either part so that you can play along. TNT 2 also allows you to slow the tempo down for practice. Includes 10 exciting Gordon Goodwin tunes: Act Your Age * Count Bubba's Revenge * El Macho Muchacho * Gumbo Street * Hunting Wabbits * The Jazz Police * La Pequeña Almeja * Maynard & Waynard * Swingin' for the Fences * There's the Rub Features: * Improve your jazz concept, articulation, time, intonation and sight-reading * Duets are playable with any combination of E-flat or B-flat saxophones (requires two books) * Gordon Goodwin plays the tenor sax on Duet Part 1 and Part 2 * Eric Marienthal plays the alto sax on Duet Part 1 and Part 2 * Gordon and Eric play together on Duet Part 1 and Part 2 * Play with a duet partner or with TNT 2 by muting one of the parts * Opportunities to improvise too!